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post #1 of 14 Old 12-08-2010, 10:05 AM Thread Starter
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Definition of a Confident Rider

How would you describe a confident rider?

I know of two people that had problems with horses they have bought because they were not confident riders. But what does that mean? Both horses seemed manageable to me. I drove one and rode the other just on a short ride. I'm seriously considering buying one of these horses but wonder what people mean by a confident rider and if I am one. LOL

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I would describe a confident rider as one who feels comfortable getting on an array of different horses (different as in training/age-wise, etc) and is comfortable with almost all horses (I use almost simply because there are some horses that are simply dangerous when you're on the ground, and being comfortable around a horse like that wouldn't exactly be smart to begin with) on the ground. Horseback riding isn't /just/ about riding. You should be able to perform a variety of other tasks that include basic barn work, basic equine first aid, loading a horse into a trailer, etc. I think a lot of problems with rider who aren't confident stem from a lack of confidence working with a horse on the ground.

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A confident rider in my mind is someone who is not easily rattled by what their horses do... a rider who doesn't become a nervous wreck when their horse crow-hops a few times or spooks at something. Most horses need a confident leader. How can we expect them to trust us if we're skittish or uptight around them?

A confident rider is someone who will keep right on working after that crow hop, spook, or other mishap and expects the horse to give them their full attention.
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I think a confident rider can be rattled by things their horse (the horse they are riding) does but when they are rattled, they just keep going. They don't just give up because something is a little scary. I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with being scared, you just have to keep going anyway.
Being a confident rider means that you act like you know what you're about and you think quickly on your feet so you know what you're about. You project an appearance of competence, even if you don't feel competent. You have a plan for each ride but are willing to change that depending on the circumstances and not get flustered by the change.
And, you can ride a variety of different horses and go with it, solving problems as they come up and not getting frustrated or getting scared enough that you just can't go on. A little fear is ok, it means you're human, but excessive fear is unnecessary.

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I think the problem with to much fear and not having confidence is that horses can sense it. I used to ride this TB Trouble and I loved him we never had and problems, but he was a lesson horse so another women rode him and she was a nervous wreck while riding and he used to take off and act spooky the whole time she rode him.

I think being confident means getting back on when/if you fall of. Being sure of your abilities and not doubting yourself. Riding thorugh the spooks or what ever misbehavior and be calm, because if you get worked up the horse will to.
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Thanks everyone for your comments and thoughts. I agree with everything you have said. I love ground work and do it before each ride until I know the horse or if it's been a while. I agree with the fact you can have fear but you have to be good at hiding it from the horse or they will give you trouble until they know you're not going to fall for their tricks. Horses are very smart.

Well I'm going out to see one of these horses a second time. Wish me luck.

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I don't think of it so much as "hiding" your fear as having the capacity not to allow yourself to be paralyzed into inaction by it.

I disagree that horses are trying to "trick" you. They are actually known for being brutally honest, willing to show you exactly how you come across. Yes, sometimes they'll act up and take advantage of you, but only if you lead them to believe that they can. They'll also become fearful, if you lead them to believe that there is something to be feared.
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I would say that a confident rider is one that can ride a range of different horses of different heights,diciplans and pesonalities. They also would have to feel in control of each horse and they shouldn''t feel very nervous!!

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I think a confident rider can be rattled by things their horse (the horse they are riding) does but when they are rattled, they just keep going. They don't just give up because something is a little scary. I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with being scared, you just have to keep going anyway.
Being a confident rider means that you act like you know what you're about and you think quickly on your feet so you know what you're about. You project an appearance of competence, even if you don't feel competent. You have a plan for each ride but are willing to change that depending on the circumstances and not get flustered by the change.
And, you can ride a variety of different horses and go with it, solving problems as they come up and not getting frustrated or getting scared enough that you just can't go on. A little fear is ok, it means you're human, but excessive fear is unnecessary.
Well said, didn't John Wayne say "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway"?
That's confidence to me. Plus being ok with falling on your pride
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I think a confident rider is one that doesn't freeze or get overly passive when the horse tells them no. They are assertive and transmit their confidence to the horse, making him feel confident as well. Nothing spoils a horse more quickly than an overly timid rider.
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